Passages 26

Sandy Point - 1100 Bridge Pass: 10 AM

"It's nice." Randi stood in the middle of the only big room in the little beach cottage, stepping around suitcases and trying to figure out where the front door really was. In the kitchen? It wasn't that nice. It was kind of too close to the road and the bridge and the ferry, and the backyard was a bunch of rocks. Somebody had hung up purple curtains and painted something strange on the wall behind the tv.

Rayne slammed down a suitcase next to an old sofa. "I don't even care."

Typical Rayne, give her what she wants and she wants something else. Annoyed and hot, Randi snapped, "What's wrong with you? You've been a bitch all day; I thought this was your idea, to move out and get your own place."


Rayne pushed open the door to the narrow deck, walked out to the back and shoved an old chair aside and leaned on the rail. Randi hesitated, then followed her. One great view of the honking ferry, but if Rayne wanted something else, she could have had it. They stood there for a few minutes while the ferry deposited cars on the road and people got in the cars and drove them down the road that was about 20 feet away from Rayne's house. Some of the people yelled at each other; it was a narrow road. Randi knew her friend; she waited.

Rayne brooded, picked at the paint on the rail.   "Have you ever done revenge sex?"

"What? What are you talking about?"

"Revenge sex. You know, when you're pissed at someone, you go screw someone else even if you don't like the person."

"No...why? Have you?"

Rayne turned her back to the ferry business. "No," she said. "I mean, I've probably done worse, Ryan counts as worse, but I haven't done that."

"So, are we talking about Jimmy?"


"Then who are we talking about?"

Rayne looked at her with troubled eyes, kicked the wobbly deck rail and headed back toward the house. "It was just something I was thinking about."

Intrigued, rapidly going through everybody they knew, might be that girl Nicky had been hanging with but that wasn't anything close to revenge sex and Randi knew Rayne didn't care who Nic did; it couldn't be Will...maybe Sam and Cruz? Cruz was really old news though.

"No it's not just something you were thinking about. Who is it? Is it somebody I know?"

A car pulled up outside, doors slamming. Rayne kept on going and yelled back something about a metaphorical question. A 'metaphorical' question? As usual, Rayne was mixing up grammar with the rest of the strange brew in her head; it meant she didn't know what she was talking about or she didn't feel like explaining.

Randi thought it might be Jimmy driving over, but it was Nic. No surprise there either. He walked up onto the deck from the front yard, whistling, grinning. "Hey Rainie! I brought you a housewarming present! You're here by yourself, and that's not safe, not around here, so I got you some serious security."

"What's his name?" She knelt down and reached out and stroked the big and sort of ugly dog. 

Nic smiled, flashed that smile over the top of the dog's head, watching her, seeing her smile back at him. "PD. Personal Dumbass...everybody needs one, don't they Rainie?"


NEXT CHAPTER: Sessions Chapter 43


Dinuriel said...

Awww, Rainie got a puppy! :D

Love the double-meaning of Nic's "Personal Dumbass" remark, even if I do want to see Rayne reunited with Jimmy once they both get their own issues sorted out.

Can't blame Rayne for not wanting to admit who she was talking about, that's for sure. I'm surprised she even mentioned it at all.

I really like the beach house. Great chapter :)

S.B. said...

Hey Van! Rayne has spilled just about everything to Randi. She's not someone who is comfortable keeping everything to herself; Rayne needs and seeks out support. Not the girl on the island just happy to be there all by herself. Where her father is concerned though, she won't give it away. Not yet.

I love Nicky. Kind of like the fairy godmother, I was really hoping Rayne and Nic would be a couple. Somehow it did not work. But yeah, could not resist with the dog LOL!

Thank you so much!

Gayl said...

Laughing...poor Nicky, yes I got that double meaning LOVE the dog's name! LOL!

I can see Rayne talking to Randi about this while not quite revealing she was discussing her father. They are really close and Rayne can trust her.

Thank you for posting this Beth. You know I love the dynamics with these kids.

S.B. said...

Gayl, you know how much I love the dog's name myself...evil laugh....

I love Randi. Like her mother and Randi's mother, there's a lot of trust. Rayne won't go there with her father though. That's probably the only line she'd draw, but it's a clear one.

the thanks are all mine for indulging me...I love the dynamics too

Rachel said...

Oh man...that house! You did such a great job on making it clear how undesirable the place is, lol.

Bringing up a subject like that is bound to get anyone's mind spinning--I wonder if Randi will figure it out? Rayne has so much crap to worry about...starting over, the stuff with her dad, her relationship with Jimmy. It's a lot to take on.

Aww, a guard dog! That's why you were messing around with dogs today! Awesome chapter--especially setting the atmosphere.

Rad said...

Oooh, nice to see more Passages! Lovely set, and awww for the puppy. I like Randi and Nic a lot, it's good to see more of them.

S.B. said...

Rachel, thank you so much.

R&R have always been tight. Something about to have them!

and yes, that's why I was messing around with dogs LOL!

Thank you again, so much.

S.B. said...

Rad, this is probably the last of these posts. I'm sure we'll find a way to keep Randi and Nic going though!

Thank you so much for all your support. Grateful beyond words.

Qui. said...

I can imagine the sounds you'd hear living in a house like that. Close to the road and the bridge and the ferry. It doesn't surprise me that Rayne is trying to make sense of the whole deal with her Dad despite what he said. I can see it now, how her heart is going to leap out of her chest and fill with anger when the overall news of Gemma's pregnancy gets out there!

LOL@ PD! Even if it was short lived, I'd like to see them as a couple as well! He seems like he'd be something different for her.

I love the friendship between these three. I hope there will be more of them down the line. Great update. Sad to see it go!

S.B. said...

Qui...sometimes it's just a simple twist of fate isn't it? Nothing more complicated than a very little girl stumbling into the path of the the Jack of Hearts. And what comes after that.

Rayne is up for it. She already thinks she's figured it out; not too many reasons Gemma would show up there except she's pregnant. What she does not accept is that Gemma didn't want to be there.

Nic is a total doll! You know he'd like to make it happen!

The friendship between these three, it will survive. We'll find a way to continue it, with our without my contribution, it will go on.

thank you, so much, from both of us.

Valpre said...

Ah man, I hope this is not the last we see of Rayne.

It's been a hell of a rollercoaster ride with her, but your writing and mad photo skills made me come back for more. She's grown up a lot from the first time I met her, and I hope she'll continue to evolve with the sessions storyline.

S.B. said...

Val, I've gotten inspiration from your photo skills too so we're even!!

Yes she has grown up a lot: brat queen to whatever she is now....not anything near brat royalty. She'll show up in Sessions once in a while. I really depend on reader feedback for things like that. If people want to see more of her, let me know. Thank you, breathlessly thanking you.

Muzegoddess said...

I will definately miss Passages and seeing Rayne on a regular basis, but I guess all good things come to an end. Nice place to end where she's trying to stand on her own (with a little help from PD; love that name).

Thank you so much for sharing this. I've loved every shot and every word.

The Lunar Fox said...

Last Passages? I guess if it's getting absorbed more into the main storyline, then I'm okay with it.

Interesting that she seems to be catching on. She's getting closer to the truth of what happened, but I don't think she's ever going to come to the truth on her own. And even if she was told the truth, I don't think she'd believe it.

S.B. said...

Muzegoddess, thank you so much for all your support!

S.B. said...

Lunar, we will probably move away from focusing on Rayne, so in a sense it will be merged into Sessions but not as it currently exists.

You're absolutely right. She is catching on, but she doesn't even suspect the whole truth. And right again, she would not believe it.

Thank you for hanging in here with me!!

Illandrya said...

Revenge sex ... so she understood what Cooper was saying, even if she doesn't know the full story.

Rayne is lucky to have a friend like Randi, one relationship that survived everything that she has been through of late.

I'll miss these kids and their side stories, but will look forward to meeting them again in Sessions.

Aussie Karima said...

~ Rayne is not stupid,she heard part of the story from her mom,& then what her dad said to her,& I think she has an idea,or a glimmer of what Gemma was doing in her dad's room,because of his comments to her, but in the middle of it all she feels guilt,that some how it was her involvement with Ryan, that is the centre of it all, & the catalist to what happened,so in a way she blames the whole thing on herself,she would die if Cooper ever knew!And probably one of the reasons she walked away from Jimmy,she needs some me time to sort things out,& make sence of everything, & find out who she is, & learn to love herself, & in that prosess,she will grow, hopefully for the better!
~ Yes our little Rayne is growing up!
~ I am sad that this is the end,but I do know we will see more of this lot in future CH's (well I hope we will?)
~ Thank you for sharing, you two, & I will read you later!AS I always want more!(",)
~ PS~ Love the dogs name, & the double meaning!

S.B. said...

Illandrya, she did put it together, at least part of it. She suspects some kind of blackmail, although she still doesn't understand why her father would be vulnerable.

I really like the relationship and interaction with Randi and Nic. I hope we can figure out some way to incorporate all of them.

Thank you!!

S.B. said...

Aussie Karima, you're absolutely right, although Rayne doesn't suspect either rape or pregnancy. Her involvement with Ryan came at a very high price: her relationship with her mother has never been the same and probably never will be; it left Ryan believing her mother might leave Cooper for him; and it drove a wedge between her mother and her father since her mother had to keep a terrible secret that was not her own. She would definitely die if Cooper ever knew. And Cooper would go after Ryan and bring a gun (he would never believe his teenage daughter was the seducer). She does need time to learn how to value herself; the humiliation she suffered when her Prince Charming showed up and laughed at her was deeply hurtful, and she's not completely over that either.

You will definitely be seeing more of everybody! We need to come up with a way to combine the stories for the younger generation.

and LOL thank you about the dog's name!!

Thank you SO MUCH!! I always LOVE your comments!

~Drew said...

A fitting end to Passages, Rayne reflective and working things out, at last. And nothing helps one heal like having old friends around, and a new puppy. Nic is adorable.
I hope Cruz will pop up again someday.
Hopeful ending for Rayne. Well done!

S.B. said...

Thank you Drew.

Sometimes things do end, and if they end on a hopeful note, all the better!

Thank you so much for all your support!

Emily said...

Not finished catching up but wanted to pause and say go Nic! I just think he is a doll...bringing her a puppy (or man-eating dog! LOL) either way he's sweet and gorgeous!

S.B. said...

Hey Emily!!!

It is so great to see you!

and yes, Nic is sweet and gorgeous and he brought her a puppy!! Which is probably not going to be what she wants, unfortunately. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and leave us a comment!